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Maybe it wasn’t entirely the Washington Wizards’ fault, after all.
According to a report from Candace Buckner of The Washington Post, the Phoenix Suns requested Dillon Brooks’ physical prior to agreeing to a three-team trade with the Memphis Grizzlies and Wizards on Friday night.
The deal was called off when the Suns learned the Grizzlies had intended to send them reserve guard MarShon Brooks, as opposed to Dillon Brooks, a second-year forward for Memphis.
But Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace told ESPN the Grizzlies never even spoke to the Suns. Instead, it was the Wizards who had delivered the Brooks mix-up to the Suns — again, leading the Suns to believe they would receive Dillon Brooks instead of MarShon Brooks.
But Buckner, citing a league source, reported that the Suns and Grizzlies had actually had conversations about Dillon Brooks for more than a week.
“Washington and Phoenix had an understanding about all players involved in the trade and knew it was Dillon Brooks as part of Memphis end,” Bucker reported.
She quoted her source as saying, “Maybe Memphis got cold feet.”
The agreed upon trade also would’ve sent Suns forward Trevor Ariza to the Wizards, Wizards forward Kelly Oubreto the Grizzlies, and Wizards guard Austin Rivers to the Suns, per ESPN. Grizzlies guard Wayne Selden was also to be traded to the Suns.
NBA insider Shams Charania of Stadium reported something similar to Buckner.
“The Suns and Grizzlies had handful of discussions recently involving Dillon Brooks — never MarShon,” Charania reported. “For Suns/Wizards, nothing was lost in translation.”